Ford Issues Five Recalls Covering 200K Vehicles

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Ford Issues Five Recalls Covering 200K Vehicles
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Twenty-fourteen must be the year of the recall. Takata’s massive airbag foible is causing much grief, GM’s ignition fiasco drags on and in addition to all of this there have been myriad smaller safety actions. Adding to the tally, Ford just announced five callbacks. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames

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Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames
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Like ‘em or not, nicknames are a way of life. Perhaps you were called four eyes as a child because of your glasses. If your teeth were bedazzled with braces train tracks may have been a more appropriate term of endearment. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Recently Extinct Car Brands Millennials Probably Won’t Remember

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Top 10 Recently Extinct Car Brands Millennials Probably Won’t Remember
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Everybody loves talking about millennials but nobody does anything about them. Roughly speaking this demographic encompasses young – and not-so-young – folks born in the early 1980s to about 2000. With birth years spanning two decades this is a huge group of very diverse people. Continue Reading...

Ask AutoGuide No. 14 – Ford Escape vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V

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Ask AutoGuide No. 14 – Ford Escape vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V
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It’s a dangerous world out there. Buying a new vehicle has more perils and pitfalls than the Atari game of nearly the same name. Instead of swinging from vines or jumping over obstacles, car shoppers can skip the aerobic workout by simply visiting AutoGuide.com. We’re here to help and we’re glad to do it. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Used Cars

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Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Used Cars
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Fuel economy is a major purchase consideration for new-vehicle shoppers; in fact it’s the No. 1 thing they look for in a car or truck. Consumers continue to demand ever greater mileage, and so does the federal government. Washington keeps turning up the wick on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. In response to… Continue Reading...

Top Ten Least Imaginative Car Names

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Top Ten Least Imaginative Car Names
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What’s the most important step a manufacturer undertakes when creating a new car? Building a great chassis? Getting the interior ergonomics right? Providing the perfect drivetrain to complement the new product? Nope. All wrong. The really, really important factor for any new car is getting the name right. All joking aside, a vehicle’s name is… Continue Reading...

2004 Ford and Mercury Minivan Inquiry Upgraded by NHTSA: 63,000 Units Involved

2004 Ford and Mercury Minivan Inquiry Upgraded by NHTSA: 63,000 Units Involved
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After a series of complaints about seats failing to latch properly in 2004 Ford Windstars and Mercury Monterey minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is upgrading its inquiry of the 63,000 vans from an investigation to an engineering analysis. Continue Reading...

Drunk Mom Caught Speeding With Children In The Back Seat

Drunk Mom Caught Speeding With Children In The Back Seat
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Speeding is dangerous. Speeding at night time while drunk is just stupid. Doing all that with young children on board has to be among the dumbest things a person can do. However, Oregon Police had to deal with just such a driver this morning. Maria Elena Andres, 30, was cited for speeding at about 2:20… Continue Reading...

1993 Mercury Topaz Makes a Horrendous Pickup Truck

1993 Mercury Topaz Makes a Horrendous Pickup Truck
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This one almost left us speechless. Almost. Up for sale in Chicoutimi, QC, Canada is a custom 1993 Mercury Topaz that’s been converted to a pickup truck. Yes you heard that correctly, the 2.3L four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Topaz can now haul around… well, anything! The 1993 Mercury Topaz had all of 96-hp from its 2.3L, four-cylinder… Continue Reading...

Ford Recalling 128,616 Fusions, Mercury Milans, For Wheel Defect

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Ford Recalling 128,616 Fusions, Mercury Milans, For Wheel Defect
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After encountering 30 incidents involving cracked wheel studs and steel wheels separating from the vehicles, Ford will be recalling 128,616 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans to fix the issue. An investigation by NHTSA led to the recall, though no injuries have been reported. Ford will notify owners of the affected vehicles, inspect them… Continue Reading...

NHSTA Furthers Ford Fusion Investigation

NHSTA Furthers Ford Fusion Investigation
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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has upgraded their investigation into consumer complaints that the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles are affected by wheel stud fractures that cause the wheels to come off. The initial investigation of 317,315 Ford mid-sized sedans has been upgraded to an engineering analysis after more than 29 complaints and… Continue Reading...

Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron Kit Car Could be Yours for $89,000

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Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron Kit Car Could be Yours for $89,000
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A Bugatti Veyron costs over $2 million, not exactly in the price range for the majority of people on this planet. So what happens when you really want to rock a Bugatti Veyron but can’t afford it? Convert your existing car to look like one, that’s how. This enthusiast in Palm Bay, Florida did exactly… Continue Reading...

Speed’s “The Car Show” Hosts Talk About Their First Cars [Video]

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Speed Channel is gearing up to release The Car Show, a talk show led by Adam Carolla, Dan Neil, John “Spider” Salley and AutoGuide contributor Matt Farah. The show hits the air on July 13. In the short clips released, the hosts tell us about their very first vehicles and driving experiences, ranging from a… Continue Reading...

Survey: Car Owners More Satisfied With Independent Garages For Maintenance

Survey: Car Owners More Satisfied With Independent Garages For Maintenance
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Car owners are more satisfied with independent shops for maintenance, according to a latest Consumer Reports Annual Survey. The survey was based on more than 92,000 reports on service visits to independent mechanics and 230,000 service visits to new car dealerships. Buick and Lincoln were among the leaders with a score of 93, on a… Continue Reading...

NHTSA Investigating Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner For Shattering Glass

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NHTSA Investigating Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner For Shattering Glass
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NHTSA is investigating the 2010-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner for a rear window that could potentially shatter. So far, the government agency has received 18 complaints regarding the rear window shattering when the tailgate is opened or closed. 200,000 Escape and Mariner vehicles will now be investigated, and Ford has issued a service bulletin regarding the… Continue Reading...

Transform your Mercury Cougar to a… Bugatti Veyron?

Transform your Mercury Cougar to a… Bugatti Veyron?
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Normally we have huge gripes about an awesome concept with poor execution, but this time we can’t bring ourselves to complain. OK, sure it’s not exactly at the top of our list of things to do – nor would we be the ones forking out the cash for it – but we can’t say it’s… Continue Reading...

Mercury Name Disappears From Showrooms As Brand Officially Dies

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Mercury Name Disappears From Showrooms As Brand Officially Dies
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After 71 years of acting as Ford’s middle child, the final nail in the Mercury coffin was pounded in, as dealers removed all remnants of Mercury logos and signs from their dealerships, marking the end of the brand’s existence once and for all. Mercury vehicles ended production in October, although a final order for government… Continue Reading...
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